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Monday, June 29, 2020

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Apple to launch 10.8-inch iPad this year, 8.5-inch iPad mini next year, report claims

54Mashable / 31min
Apple's got new iPads in the works, and they'll be quite different from the ones currently on the market. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors ), Apple is preparing to launch a new, 10.8-inch iPad in the second half of 2020, and an 8.5-inch iPad in the first half of 2021. There are no details on the 10.8-inch device; it may be a larger version of the 10.2-inch iPad, or a success

Fossil announces the Solar Watch in India

Future - All the latest news / 45min
The Fossile Solar Watch is a simplified timepiece that focuses on conserving the environment.

NASA release a 10-year time-lapse of the Sun

Popular Mechanics / 25min
The post appeared first on Popular Mechanics .

Google, Apple launch Covid-19 exposure tracking tech in India - What happens to Aarogya Setu?

Future - All the latest news / 1h
The API based Exposure Notification solution from Apple and Google has been launched in India. While it is still not active in India, it is totally different from Aarogya Setu

Best mobile phones in India under Rs 40,000 for July 2020

100+Future - All the latest news / 1h
The premium segment of smartphones brings the flagship essentials to lower prices, making them the ideal sweet spot. These are the best ones under Rs 40,000.

Twitter meme 'knows a spot' for some absolutely terrible dates

55Mashable / 1h
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping us home for the past few months, going on dates and visiting new places have become but distant, fond memories. A new Twitter meme is now softening the sting of social distancing, reminding restless singles that, even if we could go out, trusting your date to bring you somewhere spectacular usually isn't as romantic as it sounds. In the meme, Twitter users jo

With DOJ charges, former VC Mike Rothenberg could now be facing serious jail time

100+TechCrunch / 1h
While many in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget about investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode , his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn’t bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities & Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil matter, if one that could haunt him for the rest of h

TikTok in the eye of major storm - and it's worrying

24Future - All the latest news / 1h
A Reddit user went under the hood of the increasingly controversial video sharing app TikTok, and what he found makes for a sobering and disturbing read.

EU will speed up its spaceflight plans in response to SpaceX and China

70Engadget / 1h
The modern space race is heating up, and the European Union is acutely aware that it needs to keep pace. Space chief Thierry Breton told Reuters in an interview that the EU is accelerating its plans in light of rapid progress by private companies like SpaceX as well as China’s successes . It’s moving the deployment of its Galileo navigation satellites ahead by three years, to 2024, and will use i

Rumours of a Galaxy Fold Lite - why a cheap foldable makes sense in India

Future - All the latest news / 1h
It is rumoured that Samsung wanted to launch the affordable foldable in late 2020 but it has been postponed.

Snapchat Spectacles will finally be available in India

Future - All the latest news / 1h
Snap Inc’s iconic augmented reality glasses, the Spectacles, will finally be available in India this week.

Amazon Singapore is discounting heaps of PC gaming kit – up to 70% off

Future - All the latest news / 1h
Amazon Singapore's PC gaming sale is packed full of bargains to get your gaming rig up to scratch.

Huawei Nova 7i could launch in India soon - here's what we know

Future - All the latest news / 2h
The Huawei Nova 7i is reported to launch in July and will be the first smartphone from the company without Google services in India.

Indian startups diversify their businesses to offset COVID-19 induced losses

India Realme X3 One
100+TechCrunch / 2h
E-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to launch a hyperlocal service that would enable customers to buy items from local stores and have those delivered to them in an hour and a half or less. Yatra, an online travel and hotel ticketing service, is exploring a new business line altogether: Supplying office accessories. Flipkart and Yatra are not the only firms eyeing new business categories. Dozen

OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to go on sale today at noon

100+Future - All the latest news / 3h
Both OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro will go on sale on Amazon and OnePlus India’s website at 12 pm today.

Singapore hands out coronavirus tracing devices

200+BBC News - Technology / 3h
The government's TraceTogether tokens are aimed at people who do not have smartphones.

Autonomous robot uses UVC light to disinfect warehouses

400+Engadget / 4h
Researchers from MIT have developed a new way to keep shared spaces free of the coronavirus and other pathogens: a UVC light-equipped robot. UVC light is capable of disinfecting surfaces and neutralizing aerosolized virus particles, but it’s dangerous for humans to be exposed. With this in mind, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ( CSAIL ) teamed up with Ava Robotics to

Tons of '80s stars turn adorable 'Ferris Bueller' cast reunion into a nostalgia trip of iconic John Hughes moments

400+Mashable / 4h
In the last episode of Josh Gad's Reunited Apart for a while, the host and superfan brought together the cast of Ferris Bueller's Day Off , arguably the quintessential '80s movie. Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Jennifer Grey joined Gad over video call for a chat about their memories of the shoot, as did Lyman Ward and Cindy Pickett (who played Ferris' parents) and Ben Stein, the econ

Outrageous savings: Apple AirPods are only AU$99 in this amazing eBay deal

20Future - All the latest news / 4h
eBay Plus members can score the Apple AirPods at a jaw-dropping discounted rate of 60%.

Galaxy Fold Lite is reportedly postponed to 2021

Samsung Galaxy Android
SlashGear / 4h
If foldable phones look and sound like luxuries few people would be able to get their hands on it’s because that’s exactly what they are. The combination of their price and fragility pretty much ensures that these will never be commonplace, at least in the foreseeable future. Samsung, which helped spur the foldable phone market in the first place, was … Continue reading

What's new on Netflix Australia for July 2020

500+Future - All the latest news / 4h
This month, the Netflix Original series Cursed joins new episodes of The Umbrella Academy, along with the Charlize Theron-starring actioner, The Old Guard

An 8TB 256-core server? You won't believe how 'cheap' these are

44Future - All the latest news / 5h
Start your own web hosting service or games platform with this 8TB server.

Super Nintendo Land opening delayed indefinitely

Japan Super Nintendo
31SlashGear / 5h
A lot of businesses around the world have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic but some of the biggest casualties have been in the hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industries. Regulations against mass gatherings and large social events have pretty much forced theme parks to remain closed until recently. But while some are starting to slowly resume operations, Universal Studios … Continue

Toyota recalls 752,000 Prius cars over flawed hybrid software

100+Engadget / 5h
If you drive a Prius from the past several years, there’s a distinct chance you’ll have to take it in for service. Autoblog reports that Toyota has begun a safety recall for 752,000 of the vehicles worldwide, 267,000 of them in the US, due to a flaw in the hybrid software for 2013-2015 standard Prius cars and 2014-2017 Prius V models. The machines won’t kick into a failsafe mode “in rare situatio

iPhone SE 2020 DxOmark score is on par with its price

14 Apple iPhone 12
SlashGear / 5h
For the past few months, the biggest threat to the Android smartphone market isn’t any of the iPhone 10 models. The launch of the newest iPhone SE proved to be more successful than even Apple expected, combining iOS’ best features with a price tag to die for. But while the iPhone SE 2020 proved to be “just right” for budget-conscious … Continue reading

iPhone 12 might not have a charger in the box according to Kuo

14 Apple iPhone 12
SlashGear / 6h
There has been a lot of speculation about Apple’s new products and schedules that have been thrown into disarray thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The show will go on, fortunately for Apple fans, but the company may be making a few changes to keep things from going overboard. That will mostly be due to the increasing prices of its high-end … Continue reading

Amazon workers in Germany plan two-day strike over COVID-19 infections

100+Engadget / 6h
Amazon’s efforts to deal with COVID-19 at its warehouses haven’t been enough to sway at least some workers. The labor union Verdi has announced that staff at six sites in Germany will strike for a minimum of two days over a claimed lack of transparency regarding infections. There had been “at least 30 to 40” workers infected, Verdi representative Orhan Akman told Reuters , arguing that Amazon val

NASA: Help Us Make Pooping on the Moon Even Better

NASA Moon Virgin Galactic
100+Gizmodo / 6h
Has there ever been a more important duty? (heh... duty) Read more...

The ‘Face Mask Exemption’ Cards With a Federal Seal on Them Are a Total Fraud

1KGizmodo / 6h
Some people in the U.S. are throwing fits over having to wear face masks in public, despite the fact that we have more coronavirus cases than any other country in the world. Now, some people are going beyond selfish whining and committing straight - up fraud in order to get out of a wearing face masks in public. Read more...

Surface Duo app groups reported to pair two apps together

SlashGear / 7h
If the rumors are correct, we might finally be hearing the official word on the Surface Duo in a few weeks. While the hardware is pretty much already known, save for confirmation of those specs, the software is still pretty much a mystery outside of the parts that Microsoft tried (and partly failed) to show off. Now one more part … Continue reading

OnePlus Nord will have dual front cameras

SlashGear / 7h
OnePlus recently pledged to go back to doing what it does best, and that’s launching affordable smartphones with flagship or near-flagship specs. While it doesn’t discount the possibility of still putting out more expensive and higher-end phones, OnePlus is supposedly keeping in touch with its budget-conscious fans with what is now believed to be called the OnePlus Nord. Despite the … Continue re

UK contact tracing app may warn you about areas with high infection rates

95Engadget / 7h
The UK might have a simple way to spur adoption of its long-in-development contact tracing app : load it with features that are useful beyond exposure warnings. A Financial Times source claims that the NHS’ innovation wing is developing a number of additions, most notably a “Geiger counter” map that would warn you about areas with high infection rates. You’d know to steer clear of a badly-hit nei

As Airlines Consider Banning Use Of Overhead Bins, One Simple Reason That Makes COVID Spread Worse

View from the Wing / 8h
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading ...

This year's iPhones might not include a charger in the box

14 Apple iPhone 12
2KEngadget / 9h
You might not find much in the box for this year’s iPhone besides the handset itself. Historically trustworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a research note that 2020 iPhone models not only won’t include the usual wired earbuds, but won’t include the power adapter either — you may just get a charging cable. There would be a more powerful 20W charger (versus the 18W for the iPhone 11 Pro ), but y

TNT and TBS Are Developing a Sequel to the 1985 Film D.A.R.Y.L. Starring Tony Hale

500+Gizmodo / 10h
In 1985, Paramount Pictures released a film called D.A.R.Y.L. About a computerized superintelligence in the form of a ten-year-old boy, it starred the child actor Barret Oliver alongside Mary Beth Hurt and Michael McKean. It did not sell particularly well, nor did it review particularly well. Regardless, TNT and TBS … Read more...

Apple's iOS 14 beta shows apps like TikTok still spy on your iPhone clipboard

Apple iPhone Google
100+Mashable / 10h
A copy-paste issue on iPhones is still running wild on more than 50 apps, including TikTok, numerous news apps, and games like Bejeweled. The clipboard privacy breach was first reported back in March and exposed that some apps could see iPhone users' clipboard contents, whether it be a credit card number, password, or random link. The apps were accessing the copied text or media every time users

Starbucks pauses all social media ads over hate speech concerns

Starbucks Facebook
200+Engadget / 10h
Starbucks is joining the chorus of major brands withdrawing ads from social networks to highlight complaints about online hate speech. The coffee chain announced it would “pause” ads on all social networking platforms, not just Facebook, while it held internal discussions with civil rights groups and partners. “More must be done” to create inclusive online spaces, Starbucks said, and that meant h

Analyst Claims That Apple's iPhone 12 Will Have Charger Sold Separately

Apple iPhone 12 Charger
3KGizmodo / 10h
Apple fans, it’s time to start mentally preparing your wallet for a new possibility. When the iPhone 12 comes out later this year, the packaging may be considerably different when compared to previous models. Why is that, you ask? Well, Apple purportedly will not include a charger with the iPhone 12, and will instead… Read more...

Have An Action-Packed Movie Night With The $33 Mission: Impossible 6-Movie Collection

Gizmodo / 10h
Mission: Impossible - 6 Movie Collection | $33 | Amazon Read more...

5 Reasons The Airlines Won’t Get The Second Bailout They’re Asking For

View from the Wing / 11h
Airlines want another bailout. They've been laying the groundwork for two months . The major unions are asking for full payroll through March . The American Airlines pilots union, at least, is trying to frame the subsidies as pro-consumer calling it the government 'buying all the middle seats' although in many ways that's an even worse idea. There are two things the airlines have going for them,

Report: Harley Quinn Is On Its Way to HBO Max, Which Might Not Bode Well for DC Universe

500+Gizmodo / 11h
Harley Quinn , the devious animated series starring the DC anti-villainess, seems like it will be headed to HBO Max sometime in the near future. Which might mean some consolidation for the Warner Bros. streaming slate. Read more...

Boeing poised to start crucial 737 Max flight safety tests tomorrow

100+Engadget / 11h
Boeing’s troubled 737 Max is reportedly close to a key round of test flights. Reuters and BBC News sources understand Boeing and the FAA are due to start a three-day set of flight safety tests for the airliner on June 29th. The aircraft crew will run a string of “methodically scripted” scenarios meant to push the (hopefully fixed) MCAS anti-stall technology to its limits, according to Reuters . I

Boeing 737 MAX test flights set to begin this week

54The Points Guy / 11h
With shorter, domestic flights likely to lead the US airline industry’s recovery , Boeing is looking to get its long-troubled but well-positioned aircraft, the 737 MAX , back into the skies sometime this year. According to multiple sources , Boeing is said to have received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to start test flights this week. If successful, these flights will certify the

Now you'll know why that random number is calling on Google's Phone app

Google Android Phone
100+Mashable / 12h
It's one thing to know who's calling or that it's likely a spam call, but now some Android users on Google's Phone app will know a lot more about why a particular business is bothering to ring them. Google recently updated its Phone app to included Verified Calls , which identify who is calling and also a reason for the call when coming from certain businesses. Google's support site explains that

Overhead bins are now banned for all flights in Italy — will other countries follow?

300+The Points Guy / 12h
In recent weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has slowed in continental Europe . However, health and government officials remain on high alert, especially in previously hard-hit countries like Italy. After a strict monthslong lockdown, select European residents can now travel freely to and from Italy . Those travels now have a new type of restriction, however. On Friday, Italy’s National Civil Aviati

US pushes Europe to reject Chinese baggage screening tech over spying fears

300+Engadget / 12h
The US fight against Chinese technology appears to be extending to another category: the security screening you normally see at the airport or border. Wall Street Journal sources understand the National Security Council and other US agencies are pushing European governments (including Germany, Greece and Italy) to avoid using baggage, cargo and passenger screening systems from Nuctech, a Chinese